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Hastings Little League is a volunteer organization in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. We provide organized, instructional baseball and softball for over 250 boys and girls. Children through 7th grade play T-ball, baseball and softball from April through June. (Baseball is wood bat only.) In addition, we sponsor traveling baseball and softball teams that play throughout Westchester County from June through October.Our philosophy is to provide a safe, fun environment in which children learn about the game and progress in their ability to play it.
2. When do practices start? Practices will begin in early April. In late March/early April, your child's coach will contact you and go over the practice schedule and other information.
3. When is Opening Day? Opening Day is Saturday, April 26th. We will kick off the season with our annual Hastings Little League parade in the morning, which travels up Farragut Avenue from the American Legion to Uniontown Field. At Uniontown we will introduce the teams, celebrate Little League and throw out the first pitch to begin the 2014 season.
4. What time will my child practice? In late March, coaches will receive a schedule of practices and games. Though the schedule is made before the season starts, coaches can swap practice times if needed. Generally, Rookies play and practice during the week, usually one day for practice and one day for games. Generally, Minors and Majors usually practice once or twice during the week (one field practice and one batting practice) and have one or two games during the week and/or weekend. Please note that these are guidelines and are not absolute. Games can be scheduled and rescheduled, as well as practices. T-ball will meet one day per week, most likely on the weekend and will include both the practice and game. A parent or childcare giver must remain at the ball field during T-ball.
5. When will my child have games? In late March, coaches will receive a schedule of games. Typically, Rookies have one practice and one game a week, both usually falling on weekdays after 5:30. Minors and Majors are allowed one batting practice and one field practice as a team per week (though a coach can schedule additional practice if teams share the field) and typically two games, which can fall on the weekend or weekdays. Weekday games and practices for Minors and Majors do not begin before 5:30. Weekend games and practices can be scheduled throughout the day. T-ball will meet one day per week, most likely on the weekend and will include both the practice and game. A parent or childcare giver must remain at the ball field during T-ball.
6. My child has never played baseball or softball before. Is that okay? Absolutely! The goal of Hastings Little League is to teach all kids how to play and enjoy the game and experience the fun and social benefits of being a member of a team regardless of experience.
7. My child has played T-ball before. Does he/she have to play T-ball again? Only 1st and 2nd graders are allowed to play Rookie baseball and softball. Children who meet the age requirement for T-ball and are in kindergarten or preschool (again, preschoolers must meet the age requirement), are only allowed to play T-ball. Hastings Little League does notallow "playing up." There are no exceptions to this policy. (Playing up is the practice of allowing children to play with older children in older divisions based on experience and ability.)
8. Will my child get to play in every game? Yes. Every child plays in every game regardless of ability or number of practices attended.
9. My children play more than one sport and have after school activities. Is it possible to play Little League and do other things? Many kids play more than one sport and have multiple after school commitments. Most families find it is fun to add Little League in the spring. Please remember that it is up to you, as the parent, to decide with your child what the proper balance is for your family.
10. Can my child be placed on a team with a friend by request? Parents may request special placement for carpooling reasons only and only for T-ball and the Rookies Division. Requesting a special placement does not ensure that it will happen. All Minors and Majors teams are formed through a draft, which considers player ability without any consideration for carpooling, friends, etc. The draft ensures fairly balanced teams in these more competitive divisions.